Footnotes: Research from TV 1/17/2011

  1. Frank Morris Case:

http://coldcases.org/cases/frank-morris-case <http://coldcases.org/cases/frank-morris-case>

“On Dec. 10, 1964, Frank Morris's shoe repair shop in Ferriday, Louisiana, was torched while he was still inside; he died of fatal burns.The FBI launched two investigations into Morris's death in the 1960s, but the case was never solved. In 2007, newspaper editor Stanley Nelson picked up the case. His reporting led him to suspect Arthur Leonard Spencer, a Richland Parish truck driver and former member of the Ku Klux Klan. Several people say Spencer told them he participated in the arson that killed Morris more than 46 years ago.”

  1. Media Matters: “Arizona Shooting Victim Criticizes Palin, Beck and Fox News” http://mediamatters.org/blog/201101140044<http://mediamatters.org/blog/201101140044>

  1. “Lib Talker Says It’s Irresponsible for Beck & Palin Not to Realize How Dumb & Dangerous Their Audience Is”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/mao-and-stalin-lovers-irresponsible-for-beck-palin-not-to-realize-how-dumb-dangerous-their-audience-is/<http://www.theblaze.com/stories/mao-and-stalin-lovers-irresponsible-for-beck-palin-not-to-realize-how-dumb-dangerous-their-audience-is/>

NOW REALLY UNDERSTAND THE 6 STEPS AND THESE 4 FROM FREUD/BERNAYS

MAN IS MOTIVATED BY THESE THINGS

IF YOU ARE AN ENLIGHTENED DESPOT (ELITE)- YOU DONT BELIEVE IN FOUNDERS..

THEY HAVE THEIR SOLUTION- ENLIGHTENED DESPOTISM - CALL IT FASCISM CALL IT COMMUNISM

THEY DEFINE ENLIGHTENMENT DIFFERENTLY THAN I DO.

NOW.. CREATE PROBLEMS

YOU CAN TALK ABOUT COLLAPSING THE SYSTEM, BUT IT HAS TO GO TO ONE OF THESE 4 THINGS

WEIMAR REPUBLIC WAS ALL ABOUT SEX

THEY BOUGHT 'EM OFF.

THEN, THE ENLIGHTENED DESPOTS CHANGED HANDS AND USED FEAR, AGGRESSION SELF PRESERVATION...

SO WHEN SOMEONE CALLS FOR VIOLENCE, WE COULD IGNORE THOSE ON THE LEFT, AND I DONT KNOW IF THE GUY AT ABC WAS AN “ENLIGHTENED DESPOT”.. BUT THEY ARE TOO BUSY DOGPILING ON THE CATTLE BEING A DANGER TO THE RANCHERS..

WHEN WE COME BACK... I AM GONNA SHOW YOU STUFF THAT NO ONE HAS SEEN ON TV BEFORE AND I WANNA ASK YOU ON MLK DAY, SO WE BURY OUR HEADS IN THE SAND, OR FACE THE TRUTH THAT THEIR ARE ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC

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(Encyclopedia Brittanica)

Enlightened Despotism

6 STEPS – BLUEPRINT FOR THE LEFT

( GB, 1/5/11 show)It's a blueprint for the radical left. It's how the Czech republic fell into communism in 1948. And this is the formula:

1) HAVE A SOLUTION

2) have people in positions of power in government

3) CREATE PROBLEMS

4) overwhelm and collapse the system

5) get people to rise up (turn it inside out, bottom up) --

6) the TOP comes down with their SOLUTION

BERNAYS’ 4 THINGS

  • Self-preservation
  • Aggression
  • Security
  • Sex

(GB 1/13/11: Bernays helped further this idea that people weren't rational. Underneath, he said, people really have four things going for them. They were controlled by four things. There were self- preservation, aggression, security, or, of course, sex. He believed if you can harness one of these four things, you can get people to do anything)

WEIMAR REPUBLIC

(source: Weimar Germany: Promise & Tragedy)

  • “The Weimar Era, with its heady enthusiasms, its artistic experimentation, its flaunting of sexuality and unconventional relations, its vibrant kinetic energy, was a direct result of vast disruptions of World War I, the distorted reverberations of its crashing disruptiveness. An intense desire to grasp life in all its manifold dimensions, to experience love, sex, beauty and power, fast cars and airborne flight, theater and dance crazes, arose out of the strong sense of the ephemeral character of life…”
  • “Better to enjoy life now than live for the future. It was an attitude both well suited for and cultivated by the advertising industry, which blossomed in this era of mass consumption. Advertisers merged the appeal of sex with the clean lines of modernist design.”
  • “…all the preoccupation with the body was mere deception, a concern for surface appearances that disguised the repressive and inequitable character of capitalist modernity in the phase of mass consumption.”

WEIMAR INFLATION

[Source: Economic Quarterly, Winter2002, German Monetary History in the First Half of the Twentieth Century and Journal of Economic History Vol. 60, No. 4 (Dec., 2000), Weimar on the Volga": Causes and Consequences of Inflation in 1990s Russia Compared with 1920s Germany]

  • In 1913, total currency in Germany amounted to just 6 billion marks.
  • In November 1923, a loaf of bread cost 428 billion marks and a kilogram of butter almost 6,000 billion marks.
  • From the end of World War I until 1924, the price level rose almost one trillonfold.
  • According to John Maynard Keynes and the majority of German commentators at the time, reparations were the primary cause of inflation in Germany.
  • The economic cause of this hyperinflation was the monetization of the public and private debt by Germany's central bank, the Reichbank.
  • The political cause lay in the inability of a fragile democracy to impose the taxes necessary to pay war reparations.
  • From the years 1919-1922 Germany paid 10% of its national income in reparations.
  • Deficits that followed the end of the war, the Reich's debt amounted to half of national wealth.
  • Interest on the war debt amounted to four times the Reich's 1913 revenues.

GOOD THOMAS JEFFERSON QUOTES

(source: The Jeffersonian cyclodpedia)

CHARACTER

  • The steady character of our countrymen is a rock to which we safely moor.

INTEGRITY

  • My rule of life has been never to harass the public with fendings and proving of personal slanders.
  • I have ever deemed it more honorable and more profitable too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one. (1814)

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enemy?show=0&t=1295273089

en·e·my

noun \ˈe-nə-mē\

pluralen·e·mies

Definition of ENEMY

1

: one that is antagonistic to another; especially: one seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound an opponent

2

: something harmful or deadly <alcohol was his greatest enemy>

3

a: a military adversary b: a hostile unit or force

See enemy defined for English-language learners » <http://www.learnersdictionary.com/search/enemy>

The Nation

Mobilizing the Jobless

by Frances Fox Piven

22 Dec 2010

As 2011 begins, nearly 15 million people are officially unemployed in the United States and another 11.5 million have either settled for part-time work or simply given up the search for a job. To regain the 5 percent unemployment level of December 2007, about 300,000 jobs would have to be created each month for several years. There are no signs that this is likely to happen soon. And joblessness now hits people harder because it follows in the wake of decades of stagnating worker earnings, high consumer indebtedness, eviscerated retirement funds and rollbacks of the social safety net.

So where are the angry crowds, the demonstrations, sit-ins and unruly mobs? After all, the injustice is apparent. Working people are losing their homes and their pensions while robber-baron CEOs report renewed profits and windfall bonuses. Shouldn't the unemployed be on the march? Why aren't they demanding enhanced safety net protections and big initiatives to generate jobs?

It is not that there are no policy solutions. Left academics may be pondering the end of the American empire and even the end of neoliberal capitalism, and -- who knows -- in the long run they may be right. But surely there is time before the darkness settles to try to relieve the misery created by the Great Recession with massive investments in public-service programs, and also to use the authority and resources of government to spur big new initiatives in infrastructure and green energy that might, in fact, ward off the darkness.

Nothing like this seems to be on the agenda. Instead the next Congress is going to be fixated on an Alice in Wonderland policy of deficit reduction by means of tax and spending cuts. As for the jobless, right-wing commentators and Congressional Republicans are reviving the old shibboleth that unemployment is caused by generous unemployment benefits that indulge poor work habits and irresponsibility. Meanwhile, in a gesture eerily reminiscent of the blatherings of a panicked Herbert Hoover, President Obama invites corporate executives to a meeting at Blair House to urge them to invest some of their growing cash reserves in economic growth and job creation, in the United States, one hopes, instead of China.

Mass protests might change the president's posture if they succeeded in pressing him hard from his base, something that hasn't happened so far in this administration. But there are obstructions to mobilizing the unemployed that would have to be overcome.

First, when people lose their jobs they are dispersed, no longer much connected to their fellow workers or their unions and not easily connected to the unemployed from other workplaces and occupations. By contrast workers and students have the advantage of a common institutional setting, shared grievances and a boss or administrator who personifies those grievances. In fact, despite some modest initiatives -- the AFL-CIO's Working America, which includes the unemployed among their ranks, or the International Association of Machinists' Ur Union of Unemployed, known as Ucubed -- most unions do little for their unemployed, who after all no longer pay dues and are likely to be malcontents.

Because layoffs are occurring in all sectors and job grades, the unemployed are also very diverse. This problem of bringing people of different ethnicities or educational levels or races together is the classic organizing problem, and it can sometimes be solved by good organizers and smart tactics, as it repeatedly was in efforts to unionize the mass production industries. Note also that only recently the prisoners in at least seven different facilities in the Georgia state penitentiary system managed to stage coordinated protests using only the cellphones they'd bought from guards. So it remains to be seen whether websites such as 99ers.net or layofflist.org that have recently been initiated among the unemployed can also become the basis for collective action, as the Internet has in the global justice movement.

The problem of how to bring people together is sometimes made easier by government service centers, as when in the 1960s poor mothers gathered in crowded welfare centers or when the jobless congregated in unemployment centers. But administrators also understand that services create sites for collective action; if they sense trouble brewing, they exert themselves to avoid the long lines and crowded waiting areas that can facilitate organizing, or they simply shift the service nexus to the Internet. Organizers can try to compensate by offering help and advocacy off-site, and at least some small groups of the unemployed have been formed on this basis.

Second, before people can mobilize for collective action, they have to develop a proud and angry identity and a set of claims that go with that identity. They have to go from being hurt and ashamed to being angry and indignant. (Welfare moms in the 1960s did this by naming themselves "mothers" instead of "recipients," although they were unlucky in doing so at a time when motherhood was losing prestige.) Losing a job is bruising; even when many other people are out of work, most people are still working. So, a kind of psychological transformation has to take place; the out-of-work have to stop blaming themselves for their hard times and turn their anger on the bosses, the bureaucrats or the politicians who are in fact responsible.

Third, protesters need targets, preferably local and accessible ones capable of making some kind of response to angry demands. This is, I think, the most difficult of the strategy problems that have to be resolved if a movement of the unemployed is to arise. Protests among the unemployed will inevitably be local, just because that's where people are and where they construct solidarities. But local and state governments are strapped for funds and are laying off workers. The initiatives that would be responsive to the needs of the unemployed will require federal action. Local protests have to accumulate and spread -- and become more disruptive -- to create serious pressures on national politicians. An effective movement of the unemployed will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece in response to the austerity measures forced on the Greek government by the European Union, or like the student protests that recently spread with lightning speed across England in response to the prospect of greatly increased school fees.

A loose and spontaneous movement of this sort could emerge. It is made more likely because unemployment rates are especially high among younger workers. Protests by the unemployed led by young workers and by students, who face a future of joblessness, just might become large enough and disruptive enough to have an impact in Washington. There is no science that predicts eruption of protest movements. Who expected the angry street mobs in Athens or the protests by British students? Who indeed predicted the strike movement that began in the United States in 1934, or the civil rights demonstrations that spread across the South in the early 1960s? We should hope for another American social movement from the bottom -- and then join it.

Frances Fox Piven is on the faculty of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author, most recently, of Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America.

    TIFF’S NOTE

    D BLOCK

    §  YOU SAW THIS FROM THE FBI

    §  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/01/13/cair-says-anti-fbi-poster-misinterpreted/

    §  CAIR DIDNT TAKE THIS DOWN AS OF FRIDAY. WHAT IS THAT? HOW DO YOU MISREAD THAT? THE CONFERENCE IS IN OAKLAND, HOME OF VAN JONES AND STORM.

    E BLOCK- ENEMIES FOREIGN

    §  NOW FOREIGN- THIS IS A CHINESE GOVT- AMERICAN RELATIONS THING

    §  THIS IS IN BOISE IDAHO YOU TELL ME, HOW ARE THERE NOT PEOPLE STANDING UP IN BOISE IDAHO DEMANDING THIS BE SHUT DOWN

    §  CAN YOU IMAGINE IF FOX OR RUSH HAD THIS LOGO?

    §  http://www.moneyteachers.org/Idaho+Communist+Invasion.htm

    §  I AGAIN QUOTE MLK, WE CAN COME TOGETHER AS BROTHERS OR DIE FOOLS. IT DOESNT  MEAN YOU GET MIXED SEATING AT STATE OF UNION, IT MEANS YOU STAND UP FOR VALUES AND PRINCIPLES.

    §  THERE ARE REAL ENEMIES IN THE GATES- YOU DONT STAND UP YOURSELF AND RIOT AND TAKE ACTION, THE FIRST THING YOU DO IS EDUCATE... WHEN YOU HAVE A MEDIA THAT WONT EVEN TELL THESE STORIES..

    §  THE PEOPLE WILL FIGURE IT OUT. TRUST THE PEOPLE. YOUR JOB IS TO EDUCATE YOUR FRIENDS

    §  GANDHI, MLK, JESUS… ALL THREE OF THESE GUYS WERE REVOLUTIONARIES- GANDHI UNITED AND FREED INDIA, MLK UNITED THE NATION AND FREED IT.  JESUS UNITED THE WORLD AND FREED IT, ALL THREE OF THEM PREACHED PEACE AND ALL 3 OF THEM DIED IN HORRIFIC ACTS OF VIOLENCE, SAME STORY OVER AND OVER AGAIN- THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE ENLIGHTENED BUT ARE TRYING TO HOLD ON TO POWER, STRIKE OUT.

    §  THEY AND THEIR IDEOLOGY ARE THROWN INTO THE DUST BIN OF HISTORY THEY ARE FORGOTTEN AND ONLY THE MESSAGE OF PEACE REMAINS—CHOOSE: BE THOSE GUYS OR MODEL YOURSELVES AFTER THESE MEN.

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    ELEMENTS AVAILABLE

    §  FS: CAIR/FBI POSTER

    §  FS: CHINESE/IDAHO POSTERS

    §  FS: VAN JONES AVAILABLE

    §  ON SET – STORM MANUAL

    §  MAGNETS: GANDHI’S CONVICTED ASSASIN (NATHURAM GODSE), MLK’S CONVICTED ASSASSIN (JAMES EARLY RAY), SENTENCED JESUS TO DEATH (PONTIUS PILATE)

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    BACKGROUND INFO

    STORM MANUAL

    http://www.leftspot.com/blog/files/docs/STORMSummation.pdf

    MORE ON VAN JONES/STORM

    http://newzeal.blogspot.com/2009/08/obama-file-83-obamas-man-van-jones-many_27.html

    INFO ON CHINESE POSTERS

    http://www.moneyteachers.org/Idaho+Communist+Invasion.htm

    §  The Chinese Communist Party is the majority owner of a company that is looking to build a self-sustained city, with international airport, in Boise Idaho. The fact that the Chinese Communist Party also owns the Chinese military, and has made repeated threats against American interests, is lost on Idaho politicians.

    §  "The proposal could get a boost from this year’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that allows the airport to borrow money to build facilities that can be leased to companies on a long-term basis. The airport commission also has the authority to grant long-term leases and landing rights to air carriers, including those from China." (Source)

    §  The fact that Chinese Communists would have the ability to bring in military equipment undetected, if such a lease were given, seems to escape the Governor of the State of Idaho, who visited China and extended the offer to the Communists to do business in his state.

    §  For those of you wondering how many American jobs this proposal would create, the answer is zero, nada, none. In essence we are talking about a Communist Chinese, self-contained community, on American soil. Other Idaho projects seem equally mystifying.

    §  The Idaho Regional Center, a company developing the Gold Hill Mine near Placerville and Blackhawk on the River near McCall, has millions of dollars in escrow from Chinese investors awaiting approval of green cards from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    §  Once approved, the money will be released and the gold processing plant is expected to go into production, said Sima Muroff, head of the regional center.

    §  Several other regional centers have started in the state. They allow investors a chance to get green cards in exchange for investments of $500,000 to $1 million.

    §  In the United States, it is possibly to invest in foreign companies without becoming a citizen of their country. The fact that the money from these Chinese Communist "investors" is conditioned on their being approved for Green Card's should also raise a few eyebrows. A simple Visa would allow them to visit their mining property.

    §  These colonization efforts, at a time when the situation in North Korea could escalate into World War III, seem to be dubious at best. China is preparing for war with the United States and its Asian Allies: "CHINA is preparing for conflict ''in every direction'', its Defence Minister says.

    §  ''In the coming five years, our military will push forward preparations for military conflict in every strategic direction,'' General Liang Guanglie said in an interview published by state-backed newspapers in China.

    §  ''We may be living in peaceful times, but we can never forget war, never send the horses south or put the bayonets and guns away.'' (Source)

    §  These Chinese Communist business ventures on American show very little benefit, if any, for the America Economy. Communist Chinese Communities employing, well, Chinese Communists to compete with American businesesses that hire American workers just seems like a bad idea.

    §  "A year ago, China froze substantive military relations in protest at US arms sales to Taiwan and relations deteriorated further this summer when China objected to US plans to deploy a nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington, in the Yellow Sea off the Korean Peninsula.

    §  China also announced this month it was preparing to launch its own aircraft carrier next year. The news emerged a year earlier than many US defence analysts had predicted.

    §  China is also working on a ballistic missile that could sink aircraft carriers from afar, fundamentally reordering the balance of power in a region dominated by the US since the end of World War II." (Ibid)

    §  Keeping your friends close and your enemies closer might not be the best policy for the people of Idaho. While the average American continues to endure the humiliation of TSA strip-searches and pat downs, giving a known enemy unimpeded access to your international airports, without any oversight, seems a little out of whack.

    MORE FROM IDAHO STATESMAN

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/12/31/1472023/chinese-company-eyes-boise.html

    §  A Chinese national company is interested in developing a 10,000- to 30,000-acre technology zone for industry, retail centers and homes south of the Boise Airport.  Officials of the China National Machinery Industry Corp. have broached the idea — based on a concept popular in China today — to city and state leaders.

    §  They are also interested in helping build and finance a fertilizer plant near American Falls, an idea company officials returned to Idaho this month to pursue.  This ambitious, long-term proposal would start with a manufacturing and warehouse zone tied to the airport, and could signify a shift in the economic relationship between the two superpowers — a relationship once defined by U.S. companies like the J.R. Simplot Co., Hewlett-Packard and Morrison-Knudsen that would head to China to build and develop.

    §  “I think China’s coming over here shows they are willing to collaborate on the reinvigoration of the American industrial base,” said Jeff Don, CEO of Eagle-based C3, which is acting as an Idaho representative for the Chinese company, called Sinomach for short.

    §  Sinomach is just one of an increasing number of companies and investors showing interest in Idaho.

    §  Hoku Materials Inc., a subsidiary of a Chinese energy firm, already has 500 people building its $400 million plant to make polysilicon for solar panels in Pocatello. It expects to begin production in 2011, employing 250 people, said Scott Paul, Hoku’s president and CEO.

    §  China surpassed Japan as the second largest economy in the world in 2010. And in June, Gov. Butch Otter traveled there to tell anyone who would listen that Idaho is open for business.

    §  Sinomach is China’s third-largest contractor, with more than $14 billion in sales last year. It has been active in more than 130 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe as general contractor for large infrastructure and building projects.

    §  Sinomach executives told Southeast Idaho Energy, which is planning to build a $2 billion fertilizer plant in Power County, they want the contract for engineering, procurement and construction. Their access to financing is their deal sweetener.

    §  Southeast Idaho Energy hopes to turn coal into gas to produce nitrogen fertilizer and sulfur. The company expects to hire 700 to 1,000 people during construction with 150 permanent workers.

    §  The company also would separate the carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change and ship it to Wyoming, where it can be pumped underground to enhance the extraction of natural gas.

    §  While Otter was in Beijing in June, he spoke about the project with Jin Kening, chairman of the China National Chemical Engineering Corp. — a different government-owned company. Don said Chinese national companies do compete with each other, but won’t let their own competition get in the way. “Whatever makes the deal go forward,” Don said.

    §  Doug Sayer, president and CEO of Premier Technology, worked with Otter in Beijing to build long-term relationships with China National. His company could bid on some of the work to build the fertilizer plant.

    §  “Anything we can do to work toward having good industry opportunities for investment is important whether we get a piece of that work,” Sayer said. The state’s efforts have been critical to the discussions, said Pat Sullivan, a Boise lobbyist who works with Southeast Idaho Energy.

    §  “One thing these Chinese see is we have a governor here who has a great big open-door policy, and I think that’s making a difference in this Sinomach project,” he said.

    §  Sinomach is not looking only at Idaho. The company sent delegations to Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania this year to talk about setting up research and development bases and industrial parks. It has an interest in electric transmission projects and alternative energy as well.

    §  The technology zone proposal follows a model of science, technology and industrial parks in China — often fully contained cities with all services included.

    §  But Don and other local supporters have recommended fitting the idea into the kind of planned unit development used for local approval here.

    §  Sinomach officials met with Boise city and airport officials — including Mayor Dave Bieter — to discuss developing a first phase for the technology zone that would set up a base of operations for Chinese companies doing business in the United States.  City officials were cautious, since the idea is at an early stage.

    §  “We understand they are at a preliminary stage. We are waiting to hear back from them with a proposal for where they want to go from here,” said Cece Gassner, assistant to the mayor for economic development.

    §  The proposal could get a boost from this year’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that allows the airport to borrow money to build facilities that can be leased to companies on a long-term basis. The airport commission also has the authority to grant long-term leases and landing rights to air carriers, including those from China.

    §  Sinomach is not the only Asian company looking at Boise, Gassner said.  “We’re getting calls from investors from all across Asia who are interested in Idaho,” she said.  Idaho’s location, only another 45 minutes farther by air than Seattle from Asia, will open many opportunities, state and local officials said.

    §  The state’s low cost for doing business will help, too.  Sinomach is attracted to Idaho, in part, because of the lack of infrastructure here, which means it has more opportunity.

    §  “Idaho’s the last state that should say we don’t want to do business with Asia,” said Lt. Gov. Brad Little. “Asia’s where the money is.”

    §  Yeh Ling-Ling, executive director of the Alliance for a Sustainable USA, said U.S. businesses should be cautious about making contracts that give Chinese companies the best jobs — though she is more worried about investment programs that encourage immigration, which Idaho also has jumped into this year.

    §  “I believe that Idaho or other American companies should first seek investments from America and employ American engineers first,” said Ling-Ling, a naturalized citizen from Orinda, Calif., who was born in Vietnam of Chinese parents.

    §  Little, who met with Zhang Chun, director general of Sinomach, and other company officials, said he thinks the state and the company are a good fit. But that doesn’t mean the state won’t stick up for its own interests.

    §  “We’re sure not going to favor a Chinese company over an Idaho company,” Little said.

    CONSERVATIVE BLOGGERS ON IDEA

    http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2011/01/15/rockybarker/bloggers_suggest_china_investment_presents_threat_idaho

    Glenn wants to dive deep into different philosophical topics this year. As CRT and woke curricula are demonizing the "western tradition," it is vitally important that we preserve the tradition that gave birth our nation and gives context to the culture we live in today. Here are the top 11 books to give you a crash course in the western philosophic tradition. If you don't have the time to read them, you can find an overview to each of the books below!

    1. Plato's Republic

    The first titan of Greek philosophy, Plato articulated the set of questions that would drive the future western philosophical tradition. The pre-eminent question among Greek philosophers was "what is the thing that explains everything." In philosophical lingo, this question is framed as "what is the logos or the good." Plato argued that reality could be explained in terms of the "forms." For example, when you see multiple examples of a "courageous" act, then, Plato would argue, there is such a thing as "courage." The form of "the good" is the form that gives meaning to all of reality. Humans use their rational minds to contemplate what is good and then align their desires to "the good" in order to pursue it.

    2. Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

    The second titan of Greek philosophy was none other than Aristotle, who was a student of Plato. Aristotle deviated from his teacher's claims about "forms" and instead argued that every single thing has a purpose, a telos. For example, the telos of a chair is to provide a place for someone to sit. In the same way that a chair's purpose is to provide a place for someone to sit, Aristotle argues that the telos of human beings is to pursue happiness.

    In the first page of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle claims that every action is done for the sake of pursuing happiness, although, all too often, our actions are misplaced. We often pursue things we believe will make us happy when, in reality, they are fleeting, momentary pleasures that result in despair, heartbreak, or pain. Rather than conforming the world around us to fit our momentary desires, Aristotle argues that we achieve happiness by understanding the nature of the world around us and how we fit into it by actively cultivating virtues in order to make our soul "fit to be happy." Work and action, therefore, are not mere moral "to-do lists," but rather bring us fulfillment.

    3. Augustine's City of God

    If Plato is the first titan of ancient philosophy, then Augustine is the first titan of medieval philosophy. Medieval philosophy begins with the re-discovery of ancient philosophical texts that had been lost throughout the Roman Empire. As Christianity had taken root and spread across the western world, medieval philosophy integrated these newly-discovered texts into Christian theology. Augustine is the pre-eminent medieval Neo-platonic philosopher, incorporating Plato's philosophy into Christian theology.

    Augustine claimed that God himself is the ultimate "form" or "the good" from which all of reality derives its meaning and existence. A thing is "good" insofar as it coalesces with the way God intended it to be. When a thing stays away from God's intention, it is "not good." From this, we get the Augustinian definition of "evil" as a "privation" or "absence of goodness," which ultimately corresponds to God's nature and character.

    4. Aquinas' Summa Theologica

    Just as Augustine incorporated Plato's philosophy into Christian theology, the second medieval titan, Thomas Aquinas, incorporated Aristotelian philosophy into Christian theology. Building from Aristotle, Aquinas argues that Christ is our happiness, the longing of every human heart and the object of every human action. Though we may think we are pursuing happiness outside of Christ, our this pursuit is misplaced and will result in fleeting pleasure and pain. True happiness and fulfillment, Aquinas argues, is found in Christ himself and the pursuit of his nature.

    **Note: Aquinas' Summa is one of the largest works ever written and contains arguments about many different subjects--there are concise versions that will save you a lot of time!

    5. Francis Bacon's Novem Organum

    If medieval philosophy is defined by the incorporation of ancient philosophy into orthodox Christian theology, then the Enlightenment is defined as the rejection of both. English philosopher Francis Bacon kicked off the Enlightenment with a total rejection of the Aristotelian view of reality. The title of his book, the Novum Organum, or "the new order," is a deliberate tease of Aristotle's Organon, or "the order of things." Bacon's "new order" purports that, contrary to Aristotle, there is no inherent "nature" or "purpose" in reality. Rather, reality is something that we can conquer by means of knowledge and force, dissecting nature to its fundamental parts and reconstructing it into what we want. Bacon is considered the father of the scientific method, creating a testable means through which we can understand, break down and re-construct nature.

    6. Descartes' Discourse on Method

    Descartes is best known for his famous assertion, cogito ergo sum, or "I think, therefore, I am." In Discourse on Method, Descartes embarks on a rigorous endeavor to doubt anything that can be doubted. He postulates that all of reality can be doubted; however, the one thing that cannot be doubted, he concludes, is that there must be someonewho is doubting. Though we may think that we are in the matrix, we are thinking, therefore, we must exist.

    Descartes's rigorous skepticism introduced a brand-new burden of truth. In order for something to be true, it must be beyond all reasonable doubt. Many continue to use Descartes' skepticism as a way to challenge religious belief. According to these modern-day skeptics, unless you can prove that God exists beyond any reasonable doubt, there is no way to actually know whether he exists. The severing of knowledge and faith is often attributed to Descartes.

    7. David Hume's Treatise on Human Nature

    Scottish philosopher David Hume took aim at both Plato and Aristotle. One of his most famous and consequential claims about human nature is, "reason is and always ought to be slave of the passions." This took direct aim at Plato's view of human nature. Plato argued that our reason or "rationality" should always rule our passions so that we will desire what is good. Hume flips this on its head, claiming that our reason is helplessly enslaved to our passions and will inevitably justify what we will already want. From this, Hume introduced a new articulation of moral relativism, claiming that humans are not able to choose between what is good and what is evil, but rather will choose what they want over what they don't.

    8. Kant's Contemplation on the Metaphysics of Morals

    Hume's moral relativism sparked panic within German philosopher Immanuel Kant. If we will inevitably do what we desire, how can we ever choose to do something good and moral for its own sake? We must, according to Kant, separate morality completely from the passions if it's to be saved. Kant, therefore, argues that duty is the highest good that man can aspire to. We do the right thing, not because we want to--on the contrary, we do the "right thing" because it's our duty to do so, especially when we don't want to. This breaks away from the Aristotelian notion that our happiness is inextricably intertwined with the pursuit of "the good."

    9. Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil

    Nietzsche wasn't convinced by either Hume or Kant's efforts to retain some semblance of civility or relativistic moral standard. According to Nietzsche, if there is no such thing as transcendent morality, then "moral maxims" are reduced to meaningless words purported by the people in power. Morality, therefore, becomes a game of persuasion at best, coercion and force at worst. People are reduced to winners and losers, opressors and victims, and whoever comes out on top gets to impose their desired view of the world on the losers. Therefore, the goal of the individual is to cultivate the "will to power," to become the powerful "ubermensch" or "superhuman," or else you will be reduced to a victim susceptible to other people's coercion and oppression.

    10. C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man

    After the Enlightenment ends in a grand, destructive finale with Nietzsche, Christian philosophers in the 20th century attempt to pick up the pieces and resurrect the ancient and medieval philosophies that had been cast to the side. In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis famously laments that mankind has become "men without chests." This is a direct reference to Plato's view of human nature--there is nothing linking our mind to our heart. Intellectually, we have dissected all of reality into its individual bits, stripping it of its holistic beauty, while also succumbing to our whims and passions with no notion of a transcendent moral law. Lewis calls for the re-marriage of our minds and our hearts, so that we will not only pursue what is good, but moreover, we will desire to do so.

    11. Alasdair McIntyre's After Virtue

    The latter part of the 20th century saw the resurgence of Aristotelian ethics after being largely dismissed over the past 400 years during the Enlightenment. Scottish Catholic philosopher Alasdair McIntyre was and continues to be one of the foremost leaders of this movement. In his magnum opus, After Virtue, McIntyre takes aim at the entire Enlightenment project itself and shows how it ultimately fails by its own standards. If reality is a mere power dynamic, as Nietzsche argues, and if morality is an act of persuasion and passion, as Hume purports, then we have no reason to take their views seriously. If all of reality is relative, then the statement "reality is relative" is itself relative. It becomes victim of the self-refutation of its own standards. Transcendent morality, he argues, must exist, because there must be some standard by which we judge reality and can say with determination, "this is good" and "this is evil."

    The Biden Admin EXPANDED abortion access because they DON'T believe in the Constitution

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    This month has already produced an extreme example of why we need a functional and more conservative Congress in order for America to have a chance at moving forward—because the Left does not believe in the Constitution.

    Sure, if you confronted a Democrat in Congress, they would probably claim some sort of allegiance to the Constitution—but as a practical matter, they do not believe in it.

    Instead, the Left has put all of their eggs in the basket of the executive branch. Why? Because it has the furthest reach through all the various departments, and it can move the fastest—in short, because it’s the most dictatorial. It only takes a department head to write a new memo, or even better, the President to sign a new executive order to carry the force of law.

    The Left has put all of their eggs in the basket of the executive branch.

    Do you recall any of the Left’s favorite Supreme Court decisions over the years—something like gay marriage for example—and how Republicans immediately tried to subvert it, using the executive branch to try to nullify the decision? Yeah, that never happened. But that is exactly what Democrats have done in recent weeks to expand abortion access.

    Democrats only consider the Supreme Court legitimate when they approve of the decisions. When the miraculous overturning of Roe v. Wade happened last summer, President Biden called it “a realization of an extreme ideology and a tragic error by the Supreme Court.”

    Democrats only consider the Supreme Court legitimate when they approve of the decisions.

    Recently the FDA approved local pharmacies to issue abortion pills. For the first 20 years after these pills were developed, they were not treated like typical prescription drugs. They had to be dispensed in-person by a doctor. That in-person requirement is now gone.

    Keep in mind that the Left’s go-to line is that abortion is always about the health and safety of women, yet a 2021 peer-reviewed study found that chemical abortions have a complication rate four times greater than surgical abortions. Between 2002 and 2015, the rate of abortion-related ER visits following use of the abortion pills increased by 507 percent.

    Chemical abortions have a complication rate four times greater than surgical abortions.

    And now the Biden administration is making these less-safe abortions much more accessible. Thanks to the FDA’s rule change, Walgreens and CVS have already agreed to dispense abortion pills in states where abortion is legal—effectively turning these stores into new abortion clinics.

    As for states that have abortion bans, "Team Biden" announced a new way around those too. Three weeks ago, the Justice Department issued a legal opinion that the U.S. Postal Service is allowed to deliver abortion pills anywhere, even in places where abortion is illegal. What’s their rationale? That the sender cannot know for sure whether the recipient will use the pills illegally or not. So it’s totally okay.

    The U.S. Postal Service is allowed to deliver abortion pills anywhere, even in places where abortion is illegal.

    Georgetown Law professor Lawrence Gostin told the Washington Post that this Justice Department opinion is “a major expansion of abortion access in the United States.”

    So, to recap—the Biden administration has used the FDA, the Justice Department, and the Post Office, which all fall under the executive branch, to provide an end-run around the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson decision.

    Expanding abortion was easy—simple policy tweaks and declarations that carry the force of law without an ounce of input from actual lawmakers in Congress—all because it comes from the grotesque, bloated, apparently pro-death executive branch.

    Glenn is one of the most outspoken critics of the World Economic Forum and their vision to use crises to reconstruct the world order known as The Great Reset. The recent WEF summit in Davos confirms what Glenn has long warned about: globalist elites seek to upend our democracy, freedoms, and way of life to achieve their utopian climate goals. Here are 15 quotes from the 2023 Davos Summit, revealing their true intentions in their own words:

    1. Saving the planet

    When you hear the word, "Davos," the first thought that should pop into your mind is an elite group getting together to save the world from imminent climate disaster... at least they think of themselves that way. According to John Kerry:

    I mean, it's so almost extraterrestrial to think about saving the planet.

    2. Private jets

    What most people think when they hear the word "Davos" is a group of global elites flying in on private jets to talk about climate change... and yes, John Kerry does own a private jet, no matter how many times he denies it:

    I fly commercial [...] Exclusively.

    3. Global Collaboration Village

    You always hear some weird, dystopian projects coming out of WEF, like "The Global Collaboration Village," a new metaverse community aimed at strengthening "global cooperation." It sounds like the next installment of Brave New World. According to Klaus Schwab, Founder and President of the WEF:

    The Global Collaboration Village is the pioneering effort to use the metaverse for public good, to create global cooperation and to strengthen global cooperation in the metaverse or using metaverse technologies. For me, it's a dream coming true because the village allows the Forum to create a more larger and open platform where everybody can participate.

    4. Climate revolution

    However, the core theme throughout WEF summits is the immediate need for a climate revolution and how businesses are selfishly blocking the revolution because they want to make an extra buck. Here's how John Kerry summed up the sentiment:

    How do we get there? The lesson I have learned in the last years [...] is money, money, money, money, money, money, money.

    5. Do or die

    This often turns into alarmist language, like having to choose between wealth and our planet's survival... Joyeeta Gupta, Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South at University of Amsterdam, said it eloquently:

    If we do the minimum at this pivotable moment in our history, then we and our children – even if we are rich – will live in the danger zone. But if we – business people, governments, citizens, cities – take action today, then we and our children will have a future worth looking forward to.

    6. Colossal risks

    Potsdam Institute's director Johan Rockström, used similar language, claiming we are "taking colossal risks with the future of civilization":

    We are taking colossal risks with the future of civilization on Earth, we are degrading the life support systems that we all depend on, we are actually pushing the entire Earth system to a point of destabilization, pushing Earth outside of the state that has supported civilization since we left the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago.

    7. Rain bombs

    "Colossal risks" like... rain bombs? We didn't make that up. Ask Al Gore:

    That’s what’s boiling the oceans, creating these atmospheric rivers, and the rain bombs.

    Courtesy of the World Economic Forum

    8. Survival comes down to this

    How do we secure our survival? According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, we have to "end our addiction to fossil fuels." This entails wiping out our entire energy industry, displacing millions of workers, and relying on global governments to usher in a new green industry. In his words:

    So, we need to act together to close the emissions gap, and that means to phase out progressively coal and supercharge the renewable revolution, to end the addiction to fossil fuels, and to stop our self-defeating war on nature.

    9. Complete transformation

    It isn't hyperbolic to argue that the globalist climate goals will completely transform the world economy. Even EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen admitted:

    The net-zero transformation is already causing huge industrial, economic and geopolitical shifts – by far the quickest and the most pronounced in our lifetime. It is changing the nature of work and the shape of our industry.

    10. Scientific necessity

    Of course, to bring about this "net-zero" transformation, we will have to override small, "political expediencies" like democracy to do what is "scientifically necessary." According to Zurich Insurance Group’s head of sustainability risk John Scott:

    We’re living in a world right now where what’s scientifically necessary, and what is politically expedient don’t match.

    11. Illegal hate speech

    Doing away with "political expediencies" would also require the censorship of dissent, which would likely manifest in hate-speech laws. When asked by Brian Stelter how the discussion of disinformation relates to everything else happening today in Davos, European Commission VP Věra Jourová shared this prediction:

    Illegal hate speech, which you will have soon also in the U.S. I think that we have a strong reason why we have this in the criminal law.

    12. Climate first

    We will also have to forego national interests on the international stage. America won't be able to advocate for policies and interests that benefit Americans. Instead, we will sacrifice national interests for the sake of global climate interests. French economy minister Bruno Le Maire said:

    The key question is not China First, US First, Europe First. The key question for all of us is Climate First.

    13. The role of war

    We can also expect globalist leaders to use crises, like the war in Ukraine, to expedite the "net-zero transformation." Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz said:

    Ultimately, our goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045 has been given an additional boost by Putin’s war. Now we have even more cause to move away from fossil fuels.

    14. Blame game

    Globalist leaders will continue to blame ALL of the crises in our society on climate change to justify the "net-zero transition," from the energy shortage to "mistrust, selfishness [and] xenophobia." Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez said:

    Our present struggle is not only against Putin or the energy shortage. It is also against fear, mistrust, selfishness, xenophobia, and environmental disaster. And its outcome will define life in the West and beyond for decades to come.

    15. Sacrifice for the greater good

    While we sacrifice our national interests for the sake of the "greater global good," we can expect our foreign enemies, like China, to benefit. Suisse Chairman Axel Lehmann said:

    The growth forecasts now for China is 4.5%. I would not personally be surprised when that would be topped.

    Conclusion

    Glenn has been clear about the distinction between wanting to transition to green practices on your own accord and being forced into that transition by globalist, unelected elites. Leaders at Davos will continue to use alarmist language to justify their crackdown on democracy and freedom to bring about their leftist utopia. We have to cut through the alarmist language and in order to protect our freedoms.

    Glenn has focused on exposing the dark side of the gender movements waging our culture war, and now, there's a new "trend" emerging as an offshoot to the transgender movement. A growing online community, particularly of men, who consider themselves "involuntarily celibate" or "incels" believe they can live a better life as a trans woman. Why? This community purports the world is rigged against men, particularly against traditionally "unattractive men." What's the solution? Stop being a man...

    Incel or "involutarily celibate" communities have existed online in the dark corners of Reddit and Discord for years. The groups are marked by a hatred towards women, blaming them for rigging the world in their favor and denying them of sex. Several members of this growing community have been responsible for large acts of violence, most notably Alek Minassian, who killed 10 and injured 16 after driving a van into a busy area of Toronto in 2021.

    However, the transgender movement has presented a new option for incel members: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em... or, in the Transmaxxers' case, "become them."

    The online Transmaxxer's Manifesto says, “Since females have the upper hand on the dating market, transitioning from male to female will usually improve your options when it comes to getting sex.” According to the manifesto, transitioning to female not only opens up a different pool of sexual partners, but moreover, you gain access to female-only spaces and are “able to extract resources from males.”

    “Since females have the upper hand on the dating market, transitioning from male to female will usually improve your options when it comes to getting sex.”

    Another member wrote, "If you do not currently feel like living as a female you might have to work on fixing that ... Identifying as male or being emotionally attached to a male body is bad for you if being male results in you living a bad life.”

    This new movement is significant because it is in stark contrast to the mainstream narrative that "transgenderism" is an innate quality. Now, it can be an "option" people choose for social advantage. A moderator going by the alias “Vintologi” on the Transmaxxing Discord server, which boasts over 1,200 members, told The Daily Caller:

    Transmaxxing is about transitioning for personal gain rather than focusing on things like "gender identity." ... What matters when it comes to medical transition is whether or not said transition would actually be beneficial, thus the extent to which gender identity is innate does not inform us much regarding when medical transition is appropriate.

    One incel member on Reddit lamented that he can't Transmaxx to "have sex with white trans women" and to have "all the benefits of [being] female."

    Transmaxxing sheds light on a concerning issue as an increasing number of people, particularly the youth, identify as "transgender." What used to be considered as a "finge case" is now being seen as a social advantage. Glenn recently sat down with de-transitioner Chloe Cole, and the amount of pressure she experienced to become a transgender man AS A TEENAGER was ASTOUNDING. She discussed the new community, friendships, and affirmation she gained when she started her transition journey, and she lost ALL of those social perks when she began de-transitioning. She exchanged affirmation for death-threats, friendships for stone-cold silence.

    Transmaxxing is a very specific example of a larger movement that is deeply concerning. Not only is the thansgender ideology problematic on its own merits, but now, we are seeing a rise of a distinction of "social advantage" based on gender affiliation. This is deviating away from the original notion that transgenderism is an innate quality. Now, many consider it more "socially advantageous" to identify as transgender than with your biological gender.